University description (as per official university website)
Western State University College of Law, founded in 1966, is Orange County's oldest law school, located in the college town of Fullerton about 30 miles south of metropolitan Los Angeles. As Orange County has grown into a dynamic financial, business and high technology center with a population over 3 million and the legal community has expanded dramatically, Western State quickly became a well-respected center for legal education in Southern California, with over 10,000 graduates.
WSU's accomplished alumni have excelled in public and private legal practice, business, government, and academia. The school also proudly points to the fact that in recent years, WSU has produced approximately 170 of California's judicial officers, more than any other law school.
Throughout its history, Western State has continued to maintain the highest standards of legal education with an emphasis on solid academic foundation and practical lawyering experience; its mission to provide opportunity for a diverse student body; and an exceptionally supportive learning environment with an accessible, teaching-oriented faculty.
Western State has now been granted full American Bar Association (ABA) approval, the highest level of accreditation achievable for a law school in the United States. With full accreditation, WSU students are now eligible to apply for bar membership in any state in the nation. We are proud of this latest accomplishment of the law school and the further opportunities it will provide for future growth and academic development.
Western State is dedicated to providing students with the support, guidance, and training necessary to realize their potential. Western State offers both full- and part-time programs and throughout its 43 year history has been committed to the excellence of its teaching and to preparing students for the practice of law.
Western State's student body is diverse and reflects the law school's mission to serve the community. That diversity is also reflected in the dedicated and highly accessible, teaching-oriented faculty, who serve as scholars and mentors both inside and outside of the classroom.
Western State Is
* Receiving special attention for its creative first year program of instruction.
* Renowned for its skills training including its Criminal Law Practice Center and Externship programs.
* Offers both a full- and part-time program of instruction and admits students in August (full- and part-time) and January (part-time).
* The oldest law school in Orange County, California, with over 10,000 graduates.
Our Student Finance Office is devoted to helping you finance your law school education successfully.
Please note all applicants will be mailed an application for financial aid as soon as the application is received. We encourage students to begin the financial aid process while awaiting the admission decision.
Financing options available
At Western State University, we administer a variety of financial aid programs designed to enable you to pursue your legal education.
* Institutional scholarships, private scholarships, federal and private loan programs and Federal Work-Study programs may all be part of a studentís financial aid strategy. Most law students use one or more sources of financial aid to meet their educational expenses.
* In addition, students should expect to provide part of their own support from resources such as savings, help from parents, spouse or other family members, and employment.
* The part-time program at WSU provides an opportunity to study law with a lighter course of study over a four-year period. Students may be employed full-time and many are able to earn enough to cover living expenses and borrow funds for tuition, fees, and books only.
Financial aid counseling available
To assure that you understand all of the resources that may be available to you, Western State University encourages students and applicants to meet with financial aid staff to discuss individual needs as soon as possible. They will assist you in avoiding unnecessary delays and funding limitations by familiarizing you with all the necessary forms and deadlines. Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens may receive institutional scholarships, federal loans, and federal work study funds. Other restrictions may also apply.
* WSU offers generous merit-based institutional scholarships for new and continuing students which may range from 10% up to 100% of tuition based on past academic achievement
* All admitted students are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration; no special application is required.
* It is a distinct advantage to apply early, as available scholarship funds may be limited later in the enrollment cycle.
* Scholarships are annual awards payable half in the fall semester and half in the spring semester.
* Scholarships may be retained from year to year subject to good standing and maintaining law school gpa requirements.
* A limited number of Diversity Scholarships are available to selected entering students who meet admission requirements and demonstrate through work, academic history, community service or extracurricular activities that they will contribute to the diversity of the class.
Tuition for the 2009-2010 Academic Year, commencing with fall 2009 semester:
* Full time tuition is $16,300 per semester
* Part-time tuition is $10,900 per semester
* Summer 2010 courses are $1090.00 per unit